- Start dateSeptember 2017
- Course length2 years
- UCAS codeW201
FdA Graphic Design
Places available 2017/18 - This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others at Camberwell, visit the places available page.
FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts explores contemporary approaches to branding, advertising and graphic design through a range of media and processes.
The course has been developed in collaboration with design industry practitioners to reflect current working practices.
Student video work
FdA Graphic Design News
Content: what students can expect
- To explore key practical and conceptual strategies involved in the creation of communication across different media
- To explore strategies for the implementation of brand identity and the development of communication in relation to advertising and marketing
- To look at the impact of advanced technologies on working methods
- To examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team working, students will start to identify their own specialist interests
- Sustained periods of work-based learning that allow students to engage directly with design industry representatives and make valuable contacts
- To develop written, verbal and visual communication skills, which will prepare them for their chosen industry
- A combination of industry set and personally devised work projects that allows for further examination of ideas and concepts
- Units that relate specifically to work-based learning through live projects, work placements and collaborative research
- To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section
- Unit 1: Introduction to FdA Graphic Design and FdA Illustration
- Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
- Unit 3: Work based learning 1 - Making contact with the industry
- Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration
- Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
- Unit 6: Work based learning 2
- Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
- Unit 8: Individual programme of study
At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables them to apply to the final year of the Camberwell BA Graphic Design course.
Work experience and opportunities
FdA Graphic Design students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the industry, gaining insight into the key issues of contemporary graphic design practice. Previous collaborators have included Bibliothèque, Kin, Moving Brands and UsTwo.
Learning and teaching methods
- Group and individual tutorials
- Group critiques
- Individual programmes of study
- Introductions and Inductions to university, college and course resources
- Key ideas lecture programme
- Learning skills in practical and technical workshops
- Lectures and visiting speaker talks
- Staff and student led seminars and discussions
- Use of resource venues and institutions
- Work based learning
- Development file
- Peer assessment
- Portfolio of work
- Practical work
- Student logs
- Tutorial records
- Written assignments
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W201
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
All Home / EU applicants for this course will be invited for interview and should bring their portfolio.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
- Through UCAS
- By direct application using our international application form (PDF, 243 KB)
Find out more information about applying through UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.;
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.
Applicants are expected to have:
- A portfolio of work
- 1 GCE A Level or equivalent (achieved or expected)
- 3 GCSEs grade C or above
- International Baccalaureate with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with a minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 5.5 or above, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.
- The portfolio should be mainly made up of work that demonstrates an understanding of the importance of using process and methodology to generate design solutions
- You should show a desire to engage with contemporary practice in relation to graphic design, 3D design, advertising, architecture, typography and illustration
- You should show a desire to engage with and use language and an interest in working with typography
- An ability to analyse, interpret and respond to content in order to create successful pieces of communication
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
- An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
- Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities
- An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
- An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
Having completed a period of work-based learning, our FdA Graphic Design students are able to go straight into employment with recent graduates having found jobs at companies such as Bibliothéque, Dave, the Design Studio, Faber & Faber, FiveFootSix, Johnston Works, Kino Design, Quayola and Sky Creative.
Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the college's bridging studies programme.